Friday, September 30, 2016

J/Domination @ YRA LIS Championships

J/105 on Long Island Sound (Riverside, CT)- The Storm Trysail Club and Riverside YC hosted this year’s 2016 Long Island Championships for PHRF handicap classes and the J/70 class on Western Long Island Sound.  Providing Riverside YC with additional help and support for the event were American YC and Indian Harbor YC.  Much to the delight of all the competitors, the weekend weather provided uncharacteristically excellent breeze and lots of racing on Long Island Sound!  The conditions were very much to the liking for J/Teams that won 3 of 4 PHRF handicap classes!

With a dozen J/70’s showing up ready to do battle for LIS bragging rights, everyone expected the racing to be fun and tactically challenging until the final race on Sunday.  As it turns out, the winners were determined by a tie-breaker!  After six races, Madelyn Ploch’s women’s team (SUGAR DADDY) and Kerry Klingler (MENACE) each had 9 pts with the tie-break going in favor of Klingler on countback based on 1st places!  Taking third was Scott & Alex Furnary’s ANY COLOUR with 16 pts net.  The balance of the top five was Scott Bursor’s SLINKY in 4th position and Dan Goldberg’s BAZINGA in 5th place.

In the PHRF handicap world, it was just about a clean sweep of all four classes for J/crews!  In PHRF I, MaryEllen Tortorello’s J/111 PARTNERSHIP took 4th place, losing a tie-breaker for 3rd overall; a fantastic first outing for her as skipper on the famously fast black boat! 

PHRF II class saw J/teams literally sweep the top five.  Winning was Carl Olsson’s J/109 MORNING GLORY, followed by three J/88’s in succession- Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Kevin Marks’ VELOCITY and Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, respectively. Closing out the top five was Mark Parry’s J/35 BLUE MOUSE.

Similarly, PHRF III class had Christian Uecker’s J/92 HOUND DOG take overall honors for the weekend.  Next J/crew was Randy Bourne’s J/105 STRANGE BREW.  Finally, in PHRF IV class, Jason Viseltear’s J/80 UPSETTER lived up to her name, winning class with nearly straight bullets!  For more Long Island Sound Championship sailing information